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MSN Admissions Requirements

Interested in applying to our Master’s of Science in Nursing (MSN) program? Learn more about our admissions requirements, so you can apply and earn your MSN degree in just 32 months from one of Utah’s leaders in nursing education.


If you are interested in pursuing a Master’s of Science in Nursing degree, we are happy you are considering Ameritech. Navigating college admissions can be a stressful experience, but our Admissions Consultants are here to walk you through the process. Here are some of our admissions requirements:

Every applicant to Ameritech must meet the following basic requirements to be considered for admission:

  • Submit completed application form
  • Pay any applicable fees
  • Meet with a member of the Financial Aid Department and make satisfactory arrangements to cover the cost of education
  • Provide official proof of high school graduation or equivalency
  • Submit official transcripts from all postsecondary schools attended if requesting evaluation of transfer credit
  • Be able to communicate effectively in English
  • Successfully pass a qualifying entrance examination(s), when required
  • Satisfactorily pass a background screen and/or drug screen prior to the start of classes, when required
  • Pass the Distance Education Readiness Assessment (DERA)

Certain programs may require additional entrance requirements, academic requirements, and procedures. Programs may be accredited by professional or technical organizations that may require certain minimum standards for entrance into a program in that field. Other programs may require prerequisite skills or knowledge specific to entry-level courses required for that major. To learn more, prospective students should refer to program-specific requirements listed in this Catalog.

Master’s of Science in Nursing (MSN) Program Requirements

In addition to applicable general requirements for admission, Master of Science in Nursing degree program applicants are required to have:

  • Completed bachelor’s degree a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 from an accredited institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Acceptable evidence includes:

  • High School Diploma
  • GED
  • College degree from an accredited postsecondary institution recognized by the United States Department of Education

Any exception to the above must be approved by the Director of Student Services and CEO. Applicants who received their high school diploma in another country are required to submit their official high school transcripts to a foreign credentialing evaluation service. The prospective student’s evaluation must be received by the Ameritech Registrar before the student can be fully admitted and enrolled in classes. The evaluation should be completed by an evaluation agency approved by the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (

Ameritech College of Healthcare believes that the enrollment of qualified students contributes to the overall success of the education process. Background screens, drug screens, and reference checks serve as important parts of the admissions process. This information is collected as a means of obtaining additional applicant-related information that helps determine an applicant’s overall qualifications and ensure the protection of the current people, property, and information of the organization.

At Ameritech, background screens, drug screens, and reference checks are conducted on every student applicant. This process is conducted to verify the accuracy of the information provided by the applicant. The following verifications may be conducted:

  1. Social Security Number Verification
  2. Criminal Convictions (applicable federal, state and/or county/local records)
  3. Sexual Offender and Predator Registry
  4. Applicable State Medicaid Exclusion List
  5. GSA List of Parties Excluded from Federal Programs
  6. OIG List of Excluded Individuals.
  • An applicant who fails to pass a background screen, drug screen, and/or reference check may not be admitted to the College, at the College’s discretion.
  • An applicant may not be admitted if the criminal history report indicates a conviction of either a felony classification or misdemeanor within the past seven (7) years unless there are mitigating circumstances.
  • Admission to the College or any of its programs does not guarantee that an individual will be eligible for employment or licensure. Employers and licensing agencies may have more restrictive requirements, and it is the student’s responsibility to review licensing and employment eligibility standards.

Information obtained from the background screening, drug screening, and reference check process will be kept strictly confidential. Only approved personnel at Ameritech will have access to this information. Ameritech may release information obtained from background screening, drug screening, and reference checks to clinical providers in relation to the applicant’s participation at clinical facilities. The College will ensure that all background screens, drug screens, and reference checks are conducted in compliance with all federal, state, county, and local statutes, as applicable.


Applicants to the DE-MSN Program are administered the ATI Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS). A minimum passing score of 60% cumulative, with a minimum score of 60% on the Reading section, is required for admission. The exam may be taken three times in a 12-month period. Passing exam scores are valid for one year from the date administered. Results from exams proctored at approved institutions within the past 12 months may be accepted.


The Distance Education Readiness Assessment or DERA is a required assessment for acceptance into all degree-level programs.

Newly admitted students, regardless of program, are required to participate in mandatory program orientation. Students who do not participate in mandatory program orientation may lose their spot in the semester in which they wish to start and may need to reapply for the next available term.

Financial arrangements must be complete by the end of the second week of classes. Students whose financial arrangements are not complete by the end of the second week of classes are not guaranteed a spot in the term in which they wish to start and may need to reapply for the next available term. For more information about Financial Aid, see the section on Financial Aid in this Catalog and our Financial Aid Information Guide.

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The Direct Entry Master of Science in Nursing degree program at Ameritech College of Healthcare is pursuing initial accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). Applying for accreditation does not guarantee that accreditation will be granted.

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Committed to Student Success Since 1979

While Ameritech has grown substantially over the last 30 years, we have remained true to our original vision. Over the past several decades, thousands of graduates have chosen Ameritech to assist them with their career transition into a variety of healthcare fields.

With a strong academic reputation and impressive student outcomes, we are dedicated to helping our students achieve their goals through accelerated, accredited educational programs that set the bar for quality, excellence, and relevancy. As a result, our graduates can quickly join the workforce with the skillsets and confidence needed to build lasting careers.

A Leader in Nursing Education in Utah & Nationwide

Ameritech is best known for its accelerated nursing programs and has grown to become one of the largest and highest-performing nursing colleges in Utah. Past graduates have come to Ameritech from all across the United States.

After expanding into online education in 2009, Ameritech now offers a flexible, accelerated advanced degree option for registered nurses nationwide who wish to complete their Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing (BSN) of their Master of Science in Nursing. In addition to our ASN, BSN, and MSN programs, Ameritech offers an Associate of Science in Occupational Therapy Assistant program.

Learn More About the MSN Program

If you are interested in pursuing a career in healthcare, check out our academic programs to find the career path and degree that’s right for you.